South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

SOUTH GEORGIA and the South Sandwich Islands are two island formations at the southern extremities of the ATLANTIC OCEAN, not far from the Antarctic Peninsula that juts out from ANTARCTICA, 1,000 mi (1,600 km) to the south.
Mostly consisting of steep mountains and ice, they ... Read More >>

Jordan Valley

THE JORDAN VALLEY is part of the Great Rift Valley stretching from East Africa to northern SYRIA.
Massive cracking of the Earth's crust caused by tectonic plate movements under the continents of Africa and Asia formed a trench over 4,000 mi (6,438 km) long.
The northern ...

Sonoran Desert

THE SONORAN DESERT, an arid region of western North America, covers an area of 120,000 square mi (311,000 square km) in southwestern ARIZONA and southeastern CALIFORNIA, most of Baja California, and the western half of the state of Sonora, MEXICO.
It is one of the largest an...

Solomon Islands

Map Page 1128 Area 10,985 square mi (28,450 square km) Population 509,190 Capital Honiara Highest Point 8,028 ft (2,447 m) Lowest Point 0 m GDP per capita $2600 Primary Natural Resources fish, forest products, gold, bauxite.
THE SOLOMON ISLANDS form an archipelago lying east... Read More >>

Sinai Peninsula

THE SINAI PENINSULA (in Arabic, the Shibh Jazirat Sina) is the eastern extension of EGYPT onto the continent of Asia (Egypt being mainly in Africa), bordering on the country of ISRAEL.
The western boundary of the peninsula is formed by the Gulf of Suez and the Suez Canal, wh... Read More >>

Virgin Islands (British)

AN OVERSEAS TERRITORY of the UNITED KINGDOM, and poorer cousins to the U.S.
VIRGIN ISLANDS, the British Virgin Islands have looked to their larger and more populous neighbors to the west for much of their economic and cultural influences: most tourists to the islands are fro... Read More >>

Virgin Islands (U.S.)

A TERRITORY OF THE UNITED STATES, roughly 65 km (40 mi) east of PUERTO RICO, these islands were named by Christopher Columbus in honor of the 11,000 martyred companions of Saint Ursula, Las Once Mil Virgenes.
Today, these islands are split into two groups: the largest island... Read More >>


THE ANDES IS A mountain system in South America.
The mountains form the "backbone" of South America, stretching from the Caribbean coast along the western side of the continent to its southern tip.
The name Andes probably derives from either Quechua or Aymara, the two pr... Read More >>

Heard and McDonald Islands

TWO OF THE MOST isolated spots on the globe, the Heard and McDonald Islands have only been visited a few times, and much remains to be discovered about them.
The islands are located at the bottom of the world, where the INDIAN OCEAN meets the Antarctic seas, and have recentl... Read More >>
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